The NFL scouting combine wrapped up on Tuesday, and several USF players solidified or helped their draft stock. Here's a look back on how the former South Florida Bulls performed at Indianapolis.
In order of their appearance:
Carlton Mitchell was a top performer in 3 events, and measured in at just less than 6'3 and 215 pounds. In the 40 he had unofficial times of 4.44 and 4.42 with an official time listed as 4.49, 10th-best among receivers. He was a top performer in the bench press with 16 reps (tied for 8th, and also was a top performer with a 10'2" broad jump (tied for sixth-best.) In position drills Mitchell caught the ball extremely well and ran good routes, outperforming some of the bigger named receivers at the combine. Mitchell drew rave reviews from many outlets and could climb as high as the second round.
Jason Pierre-Paul had one of the best performances at the Combine on Monday. He measured just shy of 6-5 and 270 pounds, with 34-3/4 arms and 10-3/8 hands. He ran a 4.64 (4.67) and moved very well for his size, and that combination of size, speed, and tools makes Pierre-Paul the best pass-rushing prospect in an outstanding defensive class. His bench press was only 19 reps and he needs to work on his upper-body strength, but he had an unofficial broad jump of 9'7, and showed athleticism in positional drills. JPP was one of the more talked about players during the week at Indy, and his performance solidified his status as potential first-round pick, and there is a possibility that a top 10 team will overlook his one year of FBS play, and make him a top ten pick.
George Selvie who's been considered an undersized DE that could play OLB didn't do as well as hoped for. He measured in at just over 6'3-252 pounds, but with the extra weight didn't look as athletic as he did when he posted 31.5 tackles for a loss and 14.5 sacks two years ago. His first 40-yard time was a slow 4.91 seconds, but improved his time to a 4.77 the second time around, later NFL.com changed his times to 4.77 and 4.81 seconds. Selvie didn't look very quick during drills, and also posted a 9'1 broad jump. He did however post 24 bench reps, (tying for 7th best among DE's (20th). In the preseason mock drafts, Selvie was considered as high as a middle-to-late 1st round in many, but now he's looking like a mid-to-late draft pick, a stunning development compared to where he once was rated. Teams could draft Selvie as a situational pass-rushing defensive end with the hope that he could add the bulk necessary to become a full-time player.
Kion Wilson was one of the more under the radar types at the combine, and media reports are surprisingly thin following his performance in Indianapolis, even after being listed as a "top performer" in two events by the official NFL site. Kion measured in at 6'0-239 pounds and ran 40-yard times of 4.88 and 4.90. Wilson showed his strength and was a top performer with 27 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press, tying him for fifth of the linebackers. He also displayed his athleticism with a 36.5-inch vertical leap, tying for ninth out of the linebackers. Kion only played two seasons with USF and was projected as a late round draft pick, and his performance at Indy didn't hurt his stock one bit, and might have climbed a few notches.
Jerome Murphy did very well in Indianapolis, and was a top performer in two test events, among other things, change of direction and lateral quickness. Among all corners at the combine, Murphy was second in the 20-yard shuttle with a time of 4.05. The short also known as the 5-10-5 is what tests the athlete's lateral quickness and explosion in short areas. Murphy also showed his explosiveness with a 10'7 broad jump, good for second best of all corners at the combine. Murphy didn't impress too many people when he showed up for interviews wearing white upper and lower gold teeth grills, but was impressive in some of his work-outs. Murphy is considered a top five corner in the draft and after his performance is considered a 2nd round to 3rd round draft pick.
Nate Allen didn't run because of a quadriceps injury, but did participate in the bench press, with 16 reps of 225 pounds. Allen will perform the rest of the testing events at USF's pro day later in the month. Allen is top safety in the draft and a consensus 2nd round draft pick.
USF's Pro Day is set for March 30.